Three quarters of Brits believe the nation’s sense of community has evaporated and blame Brexit and Government austerity for undermining our sense of being.

Brexit divisions and a lack of government funding into local initiatives have been blamed for eroding a sense of togetherness at a local level.

Local councils have seen a 77 per cent cut in funding from central government since 2015/2016 – the equivalent to losing £7.6 billion in funds annually.

The austerity-induced policies have notably dampened Britain’s community spirit, with 76 per cent of Brits saying it has suffered as a result.

But there is some optimism at a local level, as 41 per cent of the 2,000 adults polled by giffgaff, want to get more hands-on with local volunteering.

And almost half are keen to drive more positive change in their area.



Austerity-induced policies have notably dampened Britain’s community spirit, with 76 per cent of Brits saying it has suffered as a result (file pic)

National Council for Volunteers figures show some £17.1 billion was added to the economy by the voluntary sector in 2016/17 in response to government cutbacks.

There are a further five million extra days of volunteering untapped in the UK (based on an eight hour day), which means £328,400,000 could go into the voluntary sector in the long-term.

To help these individuals make a positive and lasting change in their community, giffgaff has launched The Community Projects.

The initiative will shine some much needed light on the nation’s grass-roots communities.

The Community Projects will search for local heroes in need of celebrating.

Members of the mobile network will be able to nominate the projects and people who are the beating heart of their local communities.



Brexit divisions and a lack of government funding into local initiatives have been blamed for eroding a sense of togetherness at a local level (file pic)

Read More

Top news stories from Mirror Online

An expert panel of independent community leaders will choose the winners who will receive funding, advice and support from giffgaff.

Ash Schofield, giffgaff CEO, said, “It just goes to show that community really is at the heart of Britain.

“Here at giffgaff, our members are at the core of everything we do, so we want to give back to the people and groups really making a difference.

“The Community Projects campaign will recognise and celebrate the local heroes out there, and we want to help them make a lasting difference in their local community”.

The study also found that while one in five Brits already volunteer within their local community, 74 per cent believe that it has never been more important for people to pull together and help those in need.

One in four of those polled think the sense of community has already shown improvement in the past few years.

Some 35 per cent highlighting the positive effect of digital tools such as social media, messaging apps and the internet on bringing groups in the UK together.

To drive positive change, The Community Projects by giffgaff will be running until 19th August and nominations can be made at giffgaff.com